An intruder kills rich old lady Allison Brevard while burglarizing her townhouse. When Jessica goes to a college to give a mystery writing guest lecture, she takes a secretary for the first time, not an older woman as she expected but bright, charming, extremely efficient student David Tolliver. Just when they celebrated ending the work in a restaurant, the police gets David for questioning about Allison's murder, just because he was seen meeting her and accepted gifts and dinners. Jessica grants David the benefit of the doubt and follows up on a call to meet about an alibi for David with young married Lila Schroeder Kowalski, only to see her collapse murdered. David now has an alibi and admits he saw Lila, secretly because of her hunky but violently jealous husband Jack Kowalski, who claims David wasn't the threat to his marriage. Jessica tells dean Edmund Gerard's secretary Amelia she's not interested romantically in her host, who makes a surprising confession after Jessica is ... Written by
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This was evidently the first regular episode to be filmed, and may have even been a second pilot to the series. This was the only episode produced by Douglas Benton (Robert F. O'Neill is supervising producer; he was producer for the other regular episodes until the fifth season, when he became supervising producer again); the typeface for the opening credits is noticeably larger and whiter than for any other episode; the episode itself contains two sequences for the opening credits not seen in the pilot or in the Jessica-typing sequence (Jessica firing a fake gun for a class and someone pushing Jessica, in silhouette, down a flight of stairs); and the closing credits are run slightly differently: there is a break between each credit card (the series virtually always jumped from one card to another with no breaks). There are also fewer guest stars (seven) on this show than on any other, with several bit players not credited at all (the old society lady killed at the beginning, two Chinese nuns and several classroom students have speaking parts but aren't listed). See more
When Dr. Gerard is paying the bill for his lunch with Jessica, the check is clearly not for the meal they just had, but for the meal Jessica had with David Tolliver. The total is over $50, and items include the Chateaubriand David had mentioned and other pricey dinner items, but NOT the coffee Jessica is drinking at lunch. The production obviously just re-used the other receipt. See more